A WONDERFUL TIMBER CRUCK FRAMED HOUSE WITH DETACHED COACH HOUSE AND A QUITE SUPERB SOUTH FACING GARDEN IN THE HEART OF THIS RENOWNED VILLAGE
Ampleforth itself is a renowned village lying on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park and has the benefit of two public houses, a shop and post office, tea room and both Church of England and Catholic churches and primary schools. It is also home to the renowned public school of Ampleforth College (now fully co-educational) where there is a highly regarded sports centre offering a wide range of facilities to the general public.
Listed Grade II and believed to date originally from the late 16th or early 17th Century, Daleside is a classic timber cruck framed property of Limestone elevations under a Westmorland slate roof and indeed, the original structure is clearly visible in many of the rooms. A substantial extension was added to the eastern elevation in Edwardian times to create what is now the Breakfast Kitchen and at which time it is believed that much of the Victorian Oak wall panelling and Mahogany parquet floors were installed in the principal reception rooms and which remain in situ to this day together with the original cruck frame, a plethora of ceiling timbers and leaded window lights.
The panelled Entrance Hall is open to the ridge thereby creating a feeling of spaciousness and this in turn gives access to both principal reception rooms. The Drawing Room extends across the full depth of the property and is heavily beamed with a large stone fireplace with inlaid timber overmantle whilst to the rear elevation French doors open to the sun terrace. The Dining Room is similarly arranged to the southern elevation where there is a window seat affording a wonderful aspect over the gardens and the wall panelling blends seamlessly with an Arts and Crafts style panelled surround to the fireplace with a Baxi grate and stone hearth. Adjacent is a concealed spice cupboard with butterfly hinges. The Inner Hall leads to the gardens and also to a splendid contemporary Dining Kitchen which has been fully fitted by renowned local bespoke Kitchen makers Peter Thompson. A stone tiled floor matches that of the Inner Hall and Cloakroom and there is an extensive range of polished granite worksurfaces with Oak cupboards and drawers beneath, a large central island unit with matching granite worksurface and a two oven oil fired Aga.
The gardens and grounds are quite superb and are unusually extensive for a village property of this nature. Boarded double gates open to a gravelled driveway and turning/parking area adjacent to a substantial stone former Coach House providing garaging and storage with a loft above. To the rear is a single storey range comprising a former Stable and Laundry currently used for storage and a potting shed together with a fuel store containing the oil tank.
To the southern elevation of the house is a stone flagged terrace forming a most wonderful summer seating and al fresco dining area and to this elevation are Wisteria, Honeysuckle, Clematis and Roses. Adjoining is the upper lawn to one side of which is a water feature and adjoining ornamental pond whilst adjacent, a short flight of central stone steps leads down to a lower area of garden which is well stocked with a plethora of established plants and shrubs to include Roses, Photinia, Viburnum and Buddleia. The far end of the garden comprises a former orchard where there are a number of ancient fruit trees to include Apple, Victoria Plum and Greengage whilst two ancient Apple are surmounted by prolific Clematis and Roses. The rear boundary is marked by two Yew and a Sycamore and close by are timber edged vegetable and fruit patches. Arranged to the eastern boundary is a greenhouse and a stone and slate former well cover used as a log store.